Higher education institutions and the students they serve have been severely affected by COVID-19. A report from Gallup and Lumina Foundation shows that about 32 percent of currently enrolled students pursuing a bachelor’s degree considered withdrawing from their program of study for a semester or more in the past six months. Among those who considered stopping out of coursework, the most common reason cited was emotional stress. Financial aid and perceived degree value served as important retention tools for those who remain enrolled, according to the report.
The 2022 Lumina-Gallup Student Study builds on insights from the 2020 survey by asking students about ongoing risks to their enrollment and the policies and programs that allowed them to remain.